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Catch The Royal Opera's Macbeth in cinemas on 4 April 2018

Verdi's tragedy will be broadcast live across the world as part of the Royal Opera House Cinema Season.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

29 March 2018 at 6.40pm | 14 Comments

The Royal Opera's Macbeth will be broadcast live in cinemas across the world on 4 April 2018.

Verdi’s opera inspired by Shakespeare’s tragedy is conducted by Antonio Pappano, with a magnificent cast including Anna Netrebko, Željko Lučić and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo.

To enhance your viewing experience, access our Macbeth digital programme for free using the promo code FREEMACBETH, and enjoy a range of specially selected films, articles, pictures and features to bring you closer to the production.

The story

When witches prophesize that Macbeth will become King of Scotland, he struggles with his conscience. The formidably ambitious Lady Macbeth suffers none of her husband's uncertainty and pursues the kingship with murderous intent.

Despite never having seen Macbeth on stage, Verdi carefully preserved the drama Shakespeare’s original play and the opera was an instant success on its premiere in 1847. He subsequently made several revisions in 1865 after he had seen the play several times, creating a vivid adaptation that combines fantasy and politics.

The music

The music is Verdi at his most theatrical: it bristles with demonic energy. ‘Verdi has captured the world of the Macbeth family in this music,’ says Antonio Pappano. ‘It’s lurid, it’s violent, it’s extravagant and it’s certainly dramatic.’

The production

Phyllida Lloyd’s 2002 production for The Royal Opera is richly hued, shot through with black, red and gold. The witches – imagined by designer Anthony Ward as strange, scarlet-turbaned creatures – are ever-present agents of fate. Lloyd depicts the Macbeths’ childlessness as the dark sadness lurking behind their terrible deeds. The Royal Opera’s production uses Verdi’s 1865 Paris revision of the opera, which includes Lady Macbeth’s riveting aria ‘La luce langue’.

The cast

The cinema relay boasts a magnificent cast including  Željko Lučić as Macbeth, Anna Netrebko as Lady Macbeth and Ildebrando D'Arcangelo as Banquo. Macduff is performed by Yusif Eyvazov, and the Lady-in-waiting is performed by Francesca Chiejina.


We've rounded-up audience and press reviews from opening night and we'd love to hear from you before, during intervals and after the live cinema relay, so share your thoughts via Twitter and Instagram using #ROHmacbeth.

The production is staged with generous philanthropic support from Mrs Aline Foriel-Destezet, Mrs Susan A. Olde OBE, Aud Jebsen, Mr and Mrs Baha Bassatne, Spindrift Al Swaidi, Rena and Sandro Lavery and The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund and an anonymous donor.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

29 March 2018 at 6.40pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged by Phyllida Lloyd, cinema, live, macbeth, Production, verdi

This article has 14 comments

  1. Wendy Davies responded on 1 April 2018 at 1:51pm Reply

    But which cinemas....where?

  2. Elaine Stones responded on 3 April 2018 at 11:46am Reply

    I saw the performance at the Sunday matinee. It was glorious. Sound performance by all the cast. Big cheer for the chorus. And Anna’s Lady Macbeth sent shivers down my spine.... so I have to go again to the cinema screening tomorrow.

    Could you tell me what time it finishes please. With grateful thanks.

  3. M Miller responded on 3 April 2018 at 3:59pm Reply

    Our tickets say 19.15pm, but above it says 18.40pm. Which is it?

    • Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media)) responded on 3 April 2018 at 5:50pm


      To find a screening near you and its start time, you can visit this page: - in the UK, the performance starts at 7.15pm but this will vary according to timezone.

      Many thanks,


  4. M Miller responded on 3 April 2018 at 4:05pm Reply

    Misunderstood the above, but I am concerned as half the audience for Carmen were late as there was confusion over the start time.

  5. T j richards responded on 3 April 2018 at 8:12pm Reply

    What is the running time of Macbeth?

    Going to a film screening and wondering what time it will finish


    • Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media)) responded on 4 April 2018 at 10:53am


      The performance lasts about 3 hours 20 minutes, including one interval. The curtain will go up at 7.30.



  6. Tracey Farrimond responded on 4 April 2018 at 8:02am Reply

    Do you get the student standby 2 for £10 by turning up on the night?

  7. Rosemary Spence responded on 4 April 2018 at 11:12am Reply

    Good morning,
    If 'Macbeth' is being relayed live today, what is the encore on Sunday 8th April, please?

    • Lloyd Perry (Cinema Account Officer) responded on 5 April 2018 at 10:04am

      Dear Rosemary,

      Thank you for getting in touch.

      The Encore on Sunday, 8th April will be a re-transmission of the original Live relay in its entirety, without changes, cuts or editing.

      You can find all locations, dates and times of the Encore screenings at our website:

      Best regards,
      ROH Cinema

  8. Please can you tell me who introduced the programme and interviewed the guests?
    I thought I recognised her voice.

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 9 April 2018 at 11:05am

      Hi Alison,

      The relay was presented by Clemency Burton-Hill

      Best wishes,


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